Thoresby Estate is proud to have allocated a five-acre site to cultivate an oak wood to the Multiple System Atrophy Trust to mark the Trust’s 20th anniversary.

Sarah’s Wood will grow at Thoresby in memory of Sarah Matheson who was diagnosed with the neurological condition in 1993.  With little existing support available, Sarah founded the MSA Trust which has developed into the leading charity in the UK to support people affected by MSA. Sadly, Sarah died in 1999

The late Sarah Matheson, founder of the MSA Trust

Sarah Matheson

MSA is a neurological disorder that affects adult men and women, with onset typically between the ages of 50 and 60, leading to premature death. It is caused by the degeneration or atrophy of nerve cells in several areas of the brain, leading to problems with speech, movement, balance and blood pressure control. There is no known cure.

The opening of Sarah’s Wood took place on Tuesday 13th June with an invitation-only tea party at Thoresby where supporters of the Trust planted the first saplings.

Sarah’s Wood will provide MSA members the chance to have an oak tree planted in their name providing a symbol of hope to those that live with MSA which in time will merge and become one with the ancient oaks of Sherwood.

The MSA Trust exists to support people who have the condition, and their families, to raise awareness about the condition, to promote wider knowledge in the medical profession and to research the causes and ultimately find a cure.  The trust runs a network of support groups, the most local being based in Coalville and Sheffield.

Footnote: For more about Multiple System Atrophy, the trust and its support services, visit