MSA Trust


Sarah’s Wood

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.


The history of Sarah’s Wood… 

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 upcoming summer event at the wood…

On the 21st July 2018, we will be holding a summer event at the invitation of our Trustee, Hugh Matheson, at Sarah’s Wood. We hope you will be able to join us for the unveiling of our brand new sign, which will help people to find Sarah’s Wood and learn more about MSA. Afterwards, you are invited by Mr & Mrs. Matheson to enjoy an afternoon of tea and cake at their home where we will give updates on the future plans for the wood, as well as some information on our 2018 winter tree planting days.

*Winter months are the best time to plant oak tree saplings*

Sarah’s Wood is situated in the grounds of Thoresby Estate, Thoresby Park, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9EF.

If you are unable to attend our summer event but would like a sapling planted on your behalf, during the winter, please fill out the ‘I would like a sapling planted on my behalf’ form below.

If you would like to come to our summer event, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to fill out our ‘I would like to attend the Sarah’s Wood summer event ‘ form.

Places for our summer event at Sarah’s Wood are limited, please book soon to avoid disappointment.

If you need more information about Sarah’s Wood, please contact Chloe on 0203 621 1350 or email

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