Colleagues plan series of Joanna memorials

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Former work colleagues of Joanna Yeates are planning a series of lasting memorials to remember her.

She worked as a landscape architect at the Bristol office of design firm BDP, alongside her boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27.

The firm is planning to:

Create a small garden of remembrance at its Bristol studio

Sponsor an annual landscape design prize in her memory for students at the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Landscape and Environment, where she studied

Create a book of remembrance to include an anthology of the 25-year-old’s work

Dedicate a charity cycle ride between the firm’s UK offices, which forms part of the BDP’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The proceeds from the sponsorship will go to charities of her family’s choice.

Announcing the memorials, Keith Pavey, head of BDP’s Bristol studio, said: “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.

“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.”

On Monday, Miss Yeates’s next-door neighbour, Vincent Tabak, 32, made his third court appearance charged with her murder.

The Dutch engineer, who works at Buro Happold in Bath, was remanded into custody until a plea and case management hearing at Bristol Crown Court on May 4.

A provisional trial date was also fixed for October 4.

Miss Yeates disappeared on Friday December 17 after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues.