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Farmer Plants Thousands of Oak Trees To Honor Late Wife, 17 Years Later Aerial Photo Reveals Symbol of Love


For 33 years, Winston Howes had the pleasure of waking every morning to his wife, Janet. And then sadly in 1995, he started waking up alone.

That year Janet was taken from Howes by heart failure. Although she was no longer physically here, she would always have his heart.

After her passing, Howes had an idea for a way to honor and remember her. He just needed some help; so, he enlisted his son and several thousand trees.

“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,” said Howes, according to the Daily Mail.

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And exactly where was this field that he mentioned? Well, that was a little family secret until a balloonist took to the skies.

A passing balloonist discovered it and snapped some pictures of this amazing testament to love. In the shape of the universal symbol of love.

Remember all of those trees that Howes sought out after his wife died? Well, he planted them in a field, only he didn’t fill the entire field.

Right in the middle, he left a heart-shaped hole. That’s where he placed the seat from which he could remember and mourn.

This monument to a life of love was constructed in the countryside of Gloucestershire, England.

The heart is hidden from the roads by the trees and a surrounding hedge and that gives Howes the sanctuary he desires.

“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,” he said.

The balloonist who discovered this hidden heart, Andy Collett, told the Daily Mail that “this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky. You can just imagine the love story.”

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A man in North Dakota got help from his grandfather to pull off the perfect proposal that could only be seen from an aerial view.

Jaden Wirrenga’s grandfather, Gene Hanson, is known to plow words in his field. From messages that say “We stand for the national anthem” to simply “Merry Christmas,” his field can be seen from the skies.

So when it came time for Wirrenga to propose to his girlfriend Brooke Beske, he knew exactly who to turn to for a little creative help.

The message was revealed to Beske during an airplane ride. Her reaction was captured on video.

What a sweet proposal and testament to this young couple’s love for one another!

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