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Jo Yeates memorial garden planned for Bristol office

Jo Yeates and boyfriend Greg Reardon
Image caption Miss Yeates worked at the Bristol office of design firm BDP, alongside her boyfriend Greg Reardon

A garden of remembrance is to be built outside the Bristol office where landscape architect Jo Yeates worked.

Miss Yeates, 25, was found dead on Christmas Day, eight days after going missing from her Bristol home.

A spokesman for the company, BDP, said it had been overwhelmed by the many messages of condolence and sympathy.

Keith Pavey said BDP would also sponsor an annual landscape design prize at the University of Gloucestershire where Miss Yeates studied.

There will also be a book of remembrance to include an anthology of the 25-year-old's work.

"It is now over seven weeks since Jo was so tragically taken from us and it is still difficult to come to terms with her untimely and unnecessary death," said Mr Pavey.

"We have been overwhelmed by the many messages of condolence and sympathy we have received from our clients and colleagues in the construction industry.

"We will not forget Jo and we hope the above will collectively become a lasting tribute to her."

'Lasting impression'

David Booth, who was Miss Yeates course leader in postgraduate landscape architecture, also paid tribute to her as "a very gifted student".

He said: "Jo made a strong and lasting impression on staff and students alike with the quality and depth of thinking in her work, setting standards that her fellow students admired and aspired to.

"Jo was one of those students who you can tell would be destined for great things and it almost goes without saying that she graduated at the end of her studies in July 2010 with a distinction from her Postgraduate Diploma."

Miss Yeates, who was originally from Ampfield in Hampshire, was reported missing by her boyfriend Greg Reardon on 19 December, when he returned to their home after a weekend visiting family in Sheffield.

She had disappeared on 17 December after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues at BDP.

Her body was found in Longwood Lane, Failand.

Dutch national Vincent Tabak, 32, who lived next door to Miss Yeates on Canynge Road, was charged with her murder on 22 January.

A judge at Bristol Crown Court remanded Mr Tabak in custody until 4 May.

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