Janet was Winston’s beloved wife and for 33 years, he had the pleasure of waking every morning to her and enjoying every moment of her company. However, when Janet passed away in 1995, Winston had to learn how to live without his partner and best friend. Heart failure may have taken her away from him but she would always have a piece of his heart.
He then decided that he would honor his late wife by planting a few thousand oak trees. Every week, he planted an oak sapling with his son’s help.. Once the project was completed, they placed a seat in the field that that overlooked the hill closest to Janet’s home.
“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 explained.
Remember all of those trees that Howes sought out after his wife died? 17 years later, they have grown into a beautiful tribute which had been a secret for years… until a hot air balloon flew overhead and saw what Howes had done.
It turns out, Howes arranged oak trees in a very special alignment. He left a hole in the middle of the formation in the shape of a heart and he placed his seat in this area so that he could remember his lost wife and mourn.