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The giant heart formed with 6000 oak trees which Winston Howes planted in memory of his late wife Janet. Winston and his son planted a heart shaped wood on their land in South Gloucestershire when Janet died 15 years ago. The huge tribute has just come to light after being spotted by a hot air balloonist. See SWNS story SWHEART: A devoted farmer painstakingly planted a labour of love to his late wife – using 6,000 oak trees to etch out a giant HEART in the middle of his field. Dedicated Winston Howes, 70, and a gardener spent weeks planning and setting out each oak after his partner Janet died suddenly 15 years ago. He planted the fledgling trees across a six-acre field after carefully marking out a heart shape in one half of the grass – pointing towards where his wife used to live. The stunning crop was captured in its full beauty – after a balloonist sailed over the farmhouse and snapped the field from the air.