James Truscott works as a Principal Consultant to ASH with extensive experience in landscape and visual impact assessment and landscape design


Key Skills


Landscape and visual impact assessment

Residential amenity assessment

Landscape planning

Landscape mitigation

Hard and soft landscape design


Environmental monitoring during construction

Expert witness

James Truscott works as a Principal Consultant to ASH.

A Chartered Landscape Architect, James has obtained a broad range of experience over the past thirty-five years in both the public and private sectors in environmental impact assessment, landscape planning, landscape management and landscape design.

James's specialisms include environmental impact assessment (landscape and visual), historic and designed landscapes and urban design. Extensive work in the renewable energy sector over the last ten years has seen him involved in the siting, layout design and landscape and visual assessment of wind turbine developments, transmission line upgrades and electricity substations throughout the UK. Prior to that, landscape design and assessment of transport infrastructure such as roads and canals formed a major part of his workload.

Geographically James has worked extensively throughout the UK, from Shetland to Cornwall and from Northern Ireland to Kent; whilst abroad his work has taken him to Malta, and as far afield as South Africa and Botswana.

He has appeared as expert witness at a number of Public and Parliamentary Inquiries and Planning Appeals in respect of wind turbine developments, rail and tramways, roads, a power station and residential developments. He is also a past visiting tutor and lecturer in urban design at the University of Strathclyde and history of landscape design at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University.

James has won, or been placed in, a number of design competitions and been the recipient of a number of design awards in his capacity of Team Leader and Designer.

As an author, he is well known for his numerous written contributions to "Country Life" "Scottish Field" and other magazines, and for his book "Private Gardens of Scotland".