The MPS Childhood Wood
In 1993 the MPS Society was granted a license to plant a wood of Oak Saplings in Sherwood Forest, saplings that were cloned from the forest’s Great Oak.
The Childhood Wood has since become a lasting memorial to children and adults who have lost their lives to an MPS or related lysosomal storage disease and continues to grow and flourish as each year passes…
Planting and Remembrance Events
We hold planting days where bereaved families are given the opportunity to plant a tree in memory of the child or children that they have lost. We also organises Family Remembrance Days where bereaved families can visit the Childhood Wood with the support of MPS staff and other families and release a balloon as an act of remembrance.
The Childhood Wood is a key element in the bereavement support that we offer and is a peaceful place for parents, siblings and extended family to explore, picnic and take time to remember their loved ones within a peaceful and tranquil setting.
Development of the Wood
In the early days of the Childhood Wood, each tree that was planted had an individually inscribed plaque in memoriam of the child, however, as the Wood has grown over the years it was decided that it was more in keeping with the natural surroundings for each individual plaque inscription to be transferred to a memory board.
The beautiful memory boards are adorned with the names of each individual that have been commemorated by a tree along with a short message of remembrance from their family. Alongside these memory boards is an attractive Interpretation Board which informs members of the general public of the Wood’s concept and purpose. Members of the public are also encouraged to take time to enjoy all of the delights that the Wood has to offer.
Environment and Ecology
Today the Childhood Wood has over 300 trees and is an ever growing, ever thriving wildlife habitat. With the new edition of the wooden play equipment, the area has been further transformed into a welcoming, family friendly area where bereaved families can visit and remember the loved ones that they have lost.
We have such little time on this planet and we have a responsibility to leave the earth a better place than when we found it. If the Childhood Wood can help in this somehow then all those children who have been born with an MPS or related disease will have helped in their own way.
The MPS Society would like to acknowledge kind support from various sources including our main funder, the Geoff and Fiona Squire Foundation, which has enabled us to develop the Wood.
Directions to the Wood
The Childhood Wood is situated in Sherwood Pines and is part of Clipstone Forest, off the B6030 near Old Clipstone. Park in the carpark, walk down to the picnic area, then follow either the blue or the white path. The white path is suitable for wheelchair access.
Visit the Forestry Commission Sherwood Pines website for more information.