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Man creates a large heart-shaped forest as a tribute to his late wife

The magical love story of Winston Howes and his wife Janet started with love at first sight. Just like any romantic couple, their intimacy towards each other grew stronger each passing day. That is why, in 1962, they decided to finally tie the knot.

At the beginning of their marriage, they decided to reside in a farmhouse in England. After then, they transferred to the village of Wickwar in Gloucestershire and built their “dream home”. Here, Janet became a mother to a healthy baby boy.

For almost 30 years, the couple along with their son tried to live a happy and peaceful life. However, everything fell into pieces when Janet met her end due to heart failure at the age of 50.

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As expected Winston and his son were distressed over the tragedy. They tried to move on with their lives, but the memories of Janet stayed with them.

A few months after Janet departed from this world, Winston came up with an idea. He realized that although his wife is no longer living, he can honor her memory. They planned to create a space where they can visit whenever they felt sad.

The father cultivated a meadow – a spot which Janet loved and planted thousands of large oak trees around it. For years, Winston kept this place secret.

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One afternoon, a pilot named Andy Collett flew his hot air balloon over the vast landscape and saw it. The surprised pilot saw a huge heart-shaped forest that surrounded the meadow.

In an interview with Daily Mail, Andy was quoted as to saying,

“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.”

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Moreover, Winston explained how he came up with the idea.

“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.”

Furthermore, aside from the oak trees, Winston shared that he plants daffodils at the meadow every year. A picture-perfect attraction during spring days!

“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.”

Read some of the comments of the netizens over this heart-shaped forest below:

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