GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. -- Many people honor their deceased loved ones with decorative gravestones or urns.

Winston Howes, however, decided on several thousand trees in order to create a special place to remember his wife of 33 years.

Howes planted the oak saplings in a six-acre field but left a wide-open space in the shape of a heart in the middle.

“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,” Howes told the Daily Mail.

“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."

The heart-shaped meadow was a secret oasis for the 70-year-old, until a hot-air balloonist spotted it on his ride.

“This was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky," said Andy Collett, according to Daily Mail. "You can just imagine the love story."