MSA Trust

Sarah’s Wood


In June 2017 we opened and began planting Sarah’s Wood, a small copse of oak trees in Nottingham forest, to commemorate our founder and to serve as a symbol of hope and growth to all those living with MSA and the memories of those lost to it. We ask everyone in the community to join us in growing this symbol for years to come.


Attend the Sarah’s Wood Summer Social

In 2020 we will be holding our annual MSAT social event, to be held at Thoresby Estate and Sarah’s Wood!

We will be hosting a social garden party on 11th July 2020, to allow our community to get together socially to support the trust and to meet each other!

We will be providing an afternoon tea, followed by either a guided Trail through the ancient Sherwood Forest, or lawn games playing croquet, lawn darts and other games, our host Hugh will also be leading tours around the Grand House. We will finish the afternoon with tea and scones at Sarah’s Wood itself and a chance to plant a sapling or see the brick you have donated towards in the Path to a Cure!

All are welcome and we cannot wait to welcome you to this beautiful space! Tickets to the summer social are now on sale – click HERE.


Going into the future, we will hold regular tree planting sessions for those people who wish to plant their own tree as a symbol of being part of the MSA community. You can either ask us to plant a tree on your behalf (see option below) or attend one of the tree planting days which will be held in the winter months.  We have two dates this winter :

  • Saturday 22nd Nov 2020
  • Friday 8th Jan 2021

On the day you will meet with the Forester for the Thoresby Estate and you will be able to plant a sapling within Sarah’s Wood. If you would like to come to one of the tree planting days please fill out the ‘I would like to attend a tree planting day’ form below.

If you are not able to attend a tree planting day but would like a tree planted in Sarah’s Wood on your behalf then please fill out the ‘I would like a tree planted on my behalf’ form below.

If you need more information about Sarah’s Wood, please contact the office on 0333 323 4591or email

I would like to attend a tree planting day

I would like a tree planted on my behalf

This year we will be beginning a project to enable our community to leave a small part of themselves or a family member in the wood. We will be building a path to the centre of this haven, constructed with bricks engraved with your or a loved one’s name; symbolising the steps we are taking to fight and eventually beat this condition.

This will grow throughout the wood as more and more of you get involved and make your inclusion in this community permanent with a shared monument throughout this green and beautiful space.

If you would like to purchase an engraved brick please fill out the form below, call 0333 323 4591 or email the fundraising team –

**** Please keep in mind due to the nature of the brick laying process, we can only take orders till April of the year the bricks will be laid on the ground. Any orders received after April will be engraved and laid the subsequent year***

I would like to purchase an engraved brick in The Path to the Cure

In 2017 the MSA Trust reached 20 years of supporting people with MSA. 

In May 1997 Sarah Matheson and a group of close friends met to discuss the possibility of setting up a support group for people who had  been diagnosed with MSA, Sarah had received her diagnosis in 1993. The rest, as they say is history and last year the Trust marked their 20th Anniversary.

On 13th June 2017 we opened Sarah’s Wood, one of our activities to mark 20 years of support and research by the Trust.

Hugh Matheson, our founder Sarah Matheson’s brother, wanted a way to symbolise the hope and support the MSA community can create for each other. To do this he has helped us create Sarah’s Wood. The Wood is located in Thoresby Estate, Nottinghamshire, in the heart of Sherwood Forest and will become a lasting symbol of hope for all people affected by MSA. The opening of the wood reflected this hope.

Our summer event at the wood…

On 21st July 2018, we held a summer event at the invitation of our Trustee, Hugh Matheson, at Sarah’s Wood. At this event we unveiled our  brand new sign, which would hopefully help people find Sarah’s Wood and learn more about MSA. It was an afternoon of Tea and cake at Hugh Matheson’s residence and the future of the Wood was also discussed.



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We regret to announce the MSA Trust will be suspending all of our Support Groups and our memorial event due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Covid-19. For our full statement, please click here. Our other services and support will continue to be unaffected and available to everybody affected by MSA. For any questions please contact us at

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