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English Farmer Honored His Wife With Heart-Shaped Field
In the rolling farmland around South Gloucestershire, England, a 6-acre oak forest hides a spectacular tribute to a farm wife of 33 years. That’s where Winston Howes planted several thousand oak trees in memory of his wife, Janet, who passed away suddenly at age 50 in 1995. In the middle he left a one-acre grass oasis that’s in the shape of a heart.
Howes says the idea means that his wife will always have his heart, even though she isn’t physically there. Along with his son and others, he planted the trees in 1995, using a hedge to outline the heart shape. The “secret forest”, which isn’t visible from a road, was unknown to many until 17 years later when Andy Collett, a hot air balloonist, discovered the landscape masterpiece. Collett says the perfect heart shape tract, which had deep red hedge leaves in stark contrast to the green oak leaves, was the most amazing sight he’d ever seen from a balloon.
Howes says he often sits in the middle of the grass oasis heart in complete privacy, overlooking the countryside and “just thinking about things.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Winston Howes, Wickwar, South Gloucestershire, England.


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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5