A Lasting Legacy

A devoted Gloucestershire farmer painstakingly planted a tribute to his late wife, Janet, using 6,000 oak trees to etch out a giant heart in the middle of his field after she died suddenly from cancer 17 years ago.

Farmer Winston Howes now in his 70s, planted the fledgling trees across a six-acre field after carefully marking out a heart shape in the grass, with the heart pointing in the direction of her childhood home of Wotton Hill. The labour of love has now blossomed into a mature meadow, a peaceful oasis where Howes can sit and remember his wife of 33 years.

Mr Howes told the Telegraph Newspaper "I came up with the idea of creating a heart in the clearing of the field after Janet died. 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 seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live. 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."

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