Landscape designers are being sought to create a £1m permanent memorial garden to those who died in last year’s London bombings. Culture secretary Tessa Jowell has announced plans to mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 7 July 2005, which killed 52 people. Central to plans will be a garden memorial to pay tribute to all 7 July victims in Tavistock Square, on the side of the square closest to the scene of the attack on the bus. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is planning the garden and a nationwide two-minute silence on the anniversary for the survivors and families of victims. Jowell said: “The silence, the permanent memorial and the commemoration will give us all a way to remember the dead and give a voice to the still unutterable grief.” A DCMS representative said work will soon begin on the detailed plans for the garden, after careful discussions with victims’ families on its exact location, adding: “We will be engaging a landscape designer and someone to create a permanent-structure memorial.” The plan is at an early stage but the representative said the work would be commissioned with either the DCMS or Camden council seeking the design team. Camden council has told the DCMS that planting would be best in autumn and winter, so the design would be complete by then. The council will see to the renewal of plants and garden upkeep. The DCMS said the victims’ families will be consulted throughout the design process. An open-air commemorative event will be held in Queen Mary’s Gardens in Regent’s Park on 7 July.
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