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.


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 in 2017 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.



Attend the Sarah’s Wood Summer Social

In 2020 we have plans to host our second annual Social at Thoresby Estate and Sarah’s Wood. This will allow our community to get together socially to support the Trust, meet each other, and a chance to see the ordered engraved bricks and Path to a Cure.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will no longer be hosting the event in July 2020. Please bear with us as we organise another way to bring the community together later in the year. 


We hold regular tree planting sessions for those 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 28th Nov 2020
  • Friday 8th Jan 2021

On the day you will meet with the Forester for the Thoresby Estate and 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

In 2019 we began 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 MSA.

The Path will grow throughout the Wood as more of you get involved and make a permanent mark in the place of hope for the MSA community.

Watch this space as we will update it with more details as to how to place an order for an engraved brick.

Alternatively, call 0333 323 4591 or email the fundraising team –

Please keep in mind that the batch of bricks to be laid this year has already been finalised, and orders taken from now on will be laid in Sarah’s Wood in 2021. 


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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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