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Hampstead Dental Studio                                     Suburb street trees

                                                               r Khilan Shah opened   drill where possible. His focus is   n 2017 the London Borough of
                                                           DHampstead Dental Studio   on prevention rather than cure.   I Barnet published an ambitious              PETER FALK
                                                            in September 2020 just after the   He urges clients to come in for   street tree policy highlighting the
                                                            first Lockdown. Terrible timing   regular check-ups and not to   significant benefits they bring
                                                            one might think? Actually, besides   wait for pain or problems because,   to the environment. Trees are one
                                                            the initial panic of a new   by that stage, things are more   of the few assets that appreciate
                                                            business owner, this worked out   difficult to manage and the   in value – they act as carbon sinks
                                                            pretty well for him. On a personal   treatment is likely to be more   and, as street trees, they capture
                                                            level he was able to spend three   invasive. He allows one hour for   the extra heat absorbed by road
                                                            months at home with his   all of his consultations and part   surfaces and buildings.
                                                            newborn son – something he   of that is an initial chat with   There should be about 2,500
                                                            would never have had the   patients away from the dental   street trees in the Suburb but at
                                                            chance to do otherwise.   chair. Khilan feels it is important   the moment there are over 370
                                                               Born in Edgware, educated   to put patients at ease from the   vacant tree pits. In their 2018
                                                            at QE Boys, Barnet later studying   very  start. He is also going to   three-year survey Barnet felled
                                                            dentistry at Kings College London   offer a playlist so patients can   131 street trees which they agreed
                                                            and Valencia, Khilan completed   listen to music they enjoy   to replace. However, they actually
                                                            his training at a dental practice   whilst undergoing treatment.  felled more trees over that period
                                                            in  Cambridge and has since   Khilan offers home video   for a variety of other reasons
                                                            been working in London for the   consultations (used mostly for   (subsidence claims, poor health,
                                                            past five years. However, he always   orthodontic advice but helpful   etc) and these were not replaced.
                                                            wanted to own his own practice   to diagnose the start of general   Barnet has calculated the
                                                            so when the opportunity came   dental issues)  which  can  be   cost of a new street tree is £400.
                                                            up to buy an existing practice in   booked by phone or using the   This includes regular watering
                                                            Hampstead Garden Suburb, he   WhatsApp button on the website.   during the summer months for
                   End of an era                            What he wants to offer is, in his   making treatment more affordable   the first two years. British summers   The RA would make up the
                                                            grabbed  it  with both hands.  He also offers membership plans
                                                                                                                 have  become  much  drier  and
                                                            own words, “top quality dental   and gives an extra discount to   the Barnet watering programme   difference of £150. Anyone who
        eaking gutters, missing tiles and   Fred French, born during the   services, easily accessible to all.”  HGS residents. He is intending to   is not frequent enough – they   would like to do this should
      L   cracked downpipes have led   war in Bethnal Green met Ron   Khilan offers a one stop shop   open on Saturday mornings.  acknowledge up to 10% of new   contact
      many Suburb residents into the   Day from Kentish Town 10 years   dental  treatment  practice  Besides his love of dentistry,   saplings are likely to die. The RA   Finally, we also need to look
      comforting arms of F & R Roofing   his junior whilst working in a   covering general dentistry to   Khilan enjoys the actual running   works with Barnet on the supply   at the species of tree in the
      aka Fred and Ron. At the end of   London building firm. In 1973   more advanced dentistry, such   of a business, putting his own   and  choice of  street trees and   Suburb as some are no longer
      January we were lucky to be   they decided to go it alone. Like   as implants, orthodontic work   stamp on the practice. From the   uses membership funds to buy   suitable due to climate change.
      squeezed into the last couple of   Fred, Ron had worked before   and facial aesthetics (botox fillers   website  design  to  social  media   extra trees. But we need to work   For example, the Rowan no
      days of their farewell tour before   in plumbing.     etc) all carried out by highly   content to interior design, Khilan   together  with  the  Council  to   longer flourishes as a street tree.
      retirement – the timing of which   How had 47 years together   qualified  specialist  dental  is all hands on deck. When I asked   ensure more street trees are planted   We have agreed to replace these
      was due as much to Fred’s tired   worked out? Better than most   professionals. Khilan, was recently   him to use some adjectives to   and that fewer new saplings die.  with another species which
      legs as to the hopeless prospect   marriages,  it  seems.  Of  course   presented with a special award   describe his practice he came   The RA would like to enlist   establishes itself easily – the
      of the MOT test for their   there are differences of opinion.   for his expertise in using the   up with: “friendly”, “comfortable”,   volunteers to occasionally water   Robin Hill. We have also worked
      wheezing van.              “Ron likes him but I think Trump   Invisalign system, to create  “specialist” and “accessible”. Tick,   the new trees in their road to   with Barnet in Northway where
         For over 47 years they have   is an idiot.”        beautiful smiles for his patients.  tick, tick and tick!  supplement Barnet’s watering   the Red Horse Chestnut trees all
      been the go-to roofers for our   What beckons in retirement?   Whilst interviewing Khilan,   SHELLEY-ANNE SALISBURY  during the first two years and   showed signs of deteriorating
      area – 80% of their business has   Fred’s wife will keep him busy   I noticed a  snazzy machine to         then to continue watering in   crown dieback. All 15 trees were
      been  here.  On  the  RA  ‘Master   decorating their house in Barnet,   his right. “Ah, this is a 3D       the third year when Barnet stops.  felled and replaced with the
      Tradesman List’ there is a record   trips to Tenerife no longer holding   scanner,” he said with real pride.   Anyone who is interested should   Indian Horse Chestnut, a  sub
      number of 31 recommendations.  much appeal. Ron, a keen   Clearly a lover of all things high-              contact    species which is resistant to the
      Judging  from  these  comments,  ‘twitcher’, will spend more time   tech, he went on to explain               This winter the RA has   causes of crown diebacks. Barnet
      people seem to have been taken   on the Norfolk Broads.  how this machine is deployed                      pledged £6,000 to plant an extra   agreed to plant a further six
      as much by their humour and   Will they miss being up on the   to fully check patients’ dental             15 street trees. We would like to   Indian Horse Chestnut trees in
      honesty as by their workmanship.  roof? The answer is unsurprisingly   health giving him a good            increase that number for winter   Northway taking the number of
      I asked Fred how would we all  ‘no’. It’s either wet, windy and   understanding before even looks          2021 by setting up an ‘Adopt a   new saplings to 21.
      manage without them? “You’ll   cold, or too hot in summer. But   in a patient’s mouth.                     Street Tree’ Scheme whereby an   Hopefully the newly-planted
      all have to move” he said. If we   they will miss chatting to   He describes his approach to             SHELLEY-ANNE SALISBURY  individual or group contribute   trees will eventually restore the
      don’t, he is officially handing over   Suburb people. We shall miss   dentistry as “minimally invasive”    £250 towards a new street tree   street scene in the Suburb to its
      the roofing baton to Mark Stevens,  them too. Great characters.  which basically means he wants            in their road and be prepared to   former glory.
      07836717931 – also on the List.      ANDREW BOTTERILL  to limit the use of the dreaded                     look after it until it is established.     PETER FALK

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