Farmer plants heart-shaped meadow for late wife | One farmer’s enormous labor of love

Farmer plants heart-shaped meadow for late wife

One farmer’s enormous labor of love

It might not be the Taj Mahal but the sentiment is the same for Winston Howes, the English farmer who created this beautiful memorial for his wife.

A devoted farmer painstakingly planted a tribute to his late wife, Janet, using 6,000 oak trees to etch out a giant heart in the middle of his field in South Gloucestershire, England. Howes, 70, and a gardener spent weeks planning and setting out each oak after his wife 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, with the heart pointing in the direction of her childhood home. The stunning crop was captured in its full beauty after a balloonist sailed over the farmhouse and photographed the field from the air.

When his wife Janet died fifteen years ago, Howes carefully planted 6,000 oak trees in the shape of a heart, the end of which points to her childhood home, and that labor of love has now grown into her own sacred grove of sorts in South Gloucestershire, England.

Amazing Africa: Life on the farm - End Global Hunger

Amazing Africa: Life on the farm


 

Apr 11th, 2012 6:29 PM UTC
By Malaka Gharib

In honor of Thrive, our new food security campaign, I decided to dig up some photos of farmers and farm workers in Africa. It may surprise you that many of these workers are hardworking women who — in addition to raising their children and caring for their families — till the fields, sow the seeds and basically, do all the backbreaking labor it requires to bring food from farm to table. As you look at these photos, please reflect on the importance of sustainable agriculture in Africa, then support them by signing our petition here.

Okyereko Rice Cooperative Association
It really is backbreaking work — farmers from the Okyereko Rice Cooperative in Ghana.

 

Farmers
A farmer and his son going home from the fields in the late afternoon.

Golden Rose Agrofarms Ltd.
Wrapping up and packaging flowers at the Golden Rose Agrofarms in Ethiopia. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard/ONE

Female farmers in the Uwamwima Growers Association in Zanzibar,
Sometimes all you need is a really good watering can. A farmer at the Uwamwima Growers Association in Zanzibar. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard/ONE

Female farmers in the Uwamwima Growers Association in Zanzibar,
A happy farmer basking in the afternoon sunlight. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard/ONE

Morning whole sale market in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Selling their produce at the market in the early morning wholesale market in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard/ONE

Members of the UWAMWIMA association also make baskets to sell a
In addition to farming, this woman also makes baskets to make a living. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard/ONE

Farmers
Two lovely young ladies working on the farm in Sentebale.

Wheat
A fistful of wheat

Growing Sweet Potatoes in Tanzania
Farmers, females…and FRIENDS.

Growing Sweet Potatoes in Tanzania
Striking colors.

Please remember to take action for these farmers and tell G8 leaders to make a bold plan to end global hunger by investing in sustainable agriculture programs. Sign our petition here.