Winston and Janet Howes were the perfect match. The couple shared a special bond and a love for each other that most people can only dream of. When they met it was love at first sight and their love grew stronger over years. That’s why this tribute to wife is unbelieveably sweet.
In 1962, the couple got married and moved into a glorious farmhouse in the English countryside in Wickwar, Gloucestershire. Shortly after moving into their dream house, they gave birth to a son.
The farming family grew stronger as a unit, their relationships built. their son was healthy and the farm was flourishing. It was the perfect country lifestyle. But it all came crashing down suddenly.
After being married for over 30 years, Janet Howes suddenly and sadly passed away.
Winston had lost his soulmate. Janet had suffered from heart failure and had passed away at just 50 years old. Winston tried his best to cope and his and Janet’s sone found the loss of his mother unbearable.
Winston had an idea to honour his late wife
Some months after Janet’s passing, Winston had an idea. Though he would never be able to bring back his beloved wife, he knew that he had the opportunity to honour her.
Winston knew that the meadow by the house where he lived with Janet was special to her. That’s why he came up with a plan to create a space where both he and his son could go to remember Janet on the tough days.
Winston’s secret tribute had gone unnoticed for years. That is until a hot air balloonist flew overhead and noticed what Winston had created.
Pilot Andy Collett was on his way home from a beautiful afternoon in his hot air balloon. On his journey, he looked down and discovered Winston’s homage to Janet.
But what did Winston do to honour his wife?
“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,”
Winston had planted thousands of oak trees over years to create a large forest in the meadow by their farmhouse. In the middle of the forest, he left a gap in the shape of a love heart.
Although Andy had never met Winston and he didn’t know the backstory of the heart, he knew there was a love story tying it all together.
Winston later explained why he decided to plant the heart-shaped tribute of trees on the meadow.
“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,”
Not only did Winston plant large oak trees around the edge of the heart, he also built a hedge to help keep the shape.
But the romantic tribute to wife doesn’t stop there
Winston truly loved Janet, this much we know, but the tribute didn’t end there. The heart he created in the meadow also points to the village of Wotton Hill, the village where Janet was from.
The trees took 17 years to grow into the majestic oak trees we see now. Every year, Winston plants daffodils in the centre of the heat which blooms beautifully in the spring.
“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 created a place for him and his son to remember Janet Howes, but also a place to honour her memory in the place she loved dearly.
How amazing is this loving tribute from a husband to his lost wife? I can’t help but get a tear in my eye when I think of this stunning memory. At Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section below. 🐝