Husband plants 1,000 trees to honor the memory of his wife. But 17 years later, aerial photo reveals his true motive

Janet and Winston Howes were so deeply in love with one another, a passion that most people only dream of.

From the very moment they met it was love and first sight, and their love has only grown stronger ever since that fateful day.

The lovebirds got married in 1962 and moved into a beautiful country farmhouse amidst the lush English countryside.

It was not long after they moved into their Wickwar, Gloucestershire dream home, before Janet gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.

The farm and the land flourished, as well as their relationship, and their son was as healthy as an ox. Life was perfect!

But in the blink of an eye, their world was shattered…


After 30 long years of marriage, Janet was sadly taken from this world.

Winston’s lost his lifelong soulmate, Janet, after she suffered a heart failure and slipped away when she was only 50 years of age. Winston was totally devastated and their son had simply no clue how to move on with life without his mother in it.

Both father and son struggled to coped with Janet’s departure, but no matter what they done to try and heal their sorrow, nothing seemed to work

Obsessed with an idea

A few months after the untimely passing of his wife, Winston got an amazing idea. He knew he could never get his beautiful wife back gain, but he could honor her with a beautiful gesture!

Winston started to disappear daily, as he went to work in a meadow near the house – the same meadow that Janet loved so much. His plan was to create a memorable place where both he and his son could visit when they were having them emotional days.

Pilot Andy Collett was flying by on his way home one beautiful afternoon when he happened upon Winston’s tribute to his wife. As he peered down from his aircraft, he simply could not believe his eyes!

Winston had spent tireless years planting thousands of trees in order to create a perfect heart shaped forest surrounding the meadow his wife so dearly loved to frequent.

Andy tells Daily Mail about how he felt when he flew over the heart.


“I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer — but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky. It was a perfect heart hidden away from view — you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story,” Andy says.

Even though Andy had never in his life met Winston and had no idea why the heart was placed there, he assumed that love was at play and the heart shaped forest had a beautiful love story behind it.

A heart broken and emotional Winston reveals why exactly he started to plant the trees and about all the little details he added to the heart shaped forest that has moved thousands of people.

“I thought it was a great idea — it was a flash of inspiration — and I planted several thousand oak trees. Once it was completed we put a seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live,” Winston says.

He decided to planted large oaks around the edge of the heart and then built a hedge around it, too. The heart points in the direction of the village of Wotton Hill, where Janet was from.

Every year without fail, Winston plants daffodils in the center of the heart, a flower that always blossoms in the Spring. So beautiful!

“I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years,” Winston says.

This special tribute is the perfect place for Winston and his son to remember Janet.

We all know that nothing will ever bring her back, but no one can deny that she would have loved this meadow!


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