"Sheffield (City Council) has stood firm throughout the entire process and made sure the quality of the environment was not compromised at any stage," says the council's landscape architect, Michael Townsend, of the second phase of the Sheffield Inner Relief Road project, which was completed earlier this year.
He adds: "It would have been the easiest thing in the world to cut back the number of trees when faced with the eye-watering costs."
It is good to hear of such unswerving commitment to soft landscaping from a local authority. Unfortunately, this is a sentiment that has become less common in recent years among many clients - and, as the UK heads into recession, is likely to become rarer still.
For this reason, it is no surprise that that commitment should have caught the eye of the judges at this year's Horticulture Week Landscape & Amenity Awards. The judges voted the project, which is described in detail in the feature starting on p35, Streetscape Project of the Year.
Likewise, the projects that are outlined from p42 of this issue of Landscape Review are all award winners - from this year's BALI Awards, which took place at the end of last month.
They include the prestigious Armed Forces Memorial project carried out by UPM Tilhill and designed by Liam O'Connor Architects - and Wright Landscapes' installation of the Andy Sturgeon-designed split-level gravel garden featuring water, boulders, extensive planting and local stone walls.
Remember these examples of best practice. Those who remain committed to the quality principles they represent will fare best in the challenging times ahead.