When Winston Howe met Janet, it was love at first sight. The two immediately fell in love and would get married in 1962, shortly after meeting.
Their love for each other was unconditional. They would soon become the perfect example of finding love and the perfect partner. They had the perfect marriage – and everyone who met them couldn’t help but ask what their secret was for such a beautiful, happy marriage despite the years they’ve been together.
Shortly after getting married, the couple moved to a charming farmhouse set in 112 acres of land in Wickwar, Gloucestershire in South West England.
But their home was really located down the valley from Janet’s home. Up the hill where Janet used to live, you could see the couple’s farm.
The couple had a son. They doted on the kid and had a great life in their farm. For decades, Winston and Janet lived in peace at the farm and had fun with their son.
But Janet suffered from heart failure in 1995 and passed soon after. Winston was heartbroken.
Then, Winston found a way to ease his heartaches by planting trees at the field near the home he shared with his late wife for over three decades. Over the course of many years, the grieving widower was able to plant over 6,000 oak trees in memory of his wife.
Just as everyone greatly admired the couple for their happy marriage when Janet was alive, everyone only had good words for his old man who loved his wife so much that he planted a forest in her memory.
But no one knew about Winston’s secret. Inside the forest is a clearing where he and his son would relax and hang out from time to time.
In 2012, Andy Collett was passing by the field in his hot air balloon when he noticed a heart-shaped clearing inside the forest.
“You can just imagine the love story. 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,” Andy said.
After the photos went viral, Winston revealed that the heart in his forest shrine for Janet actually points towards her childhood home, thereby connecting their hearts even more.
“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,” he revealed.
“It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years.”
Awwwww. The heart-shaped meadow may have been Winston’s greatest secret but it touched so many hearts…