about ruxley manor

Ruxley Manor, situated on Maidstone Road in Sidcup, was founded in 1964, nearly 100 years on from Henry Evans founding H. Evans and Sons. Since this time the Garden Centre has gone from strength to strength, expanding our offering and providing the local community with quality produce and entertainment. We are proud to still remain a family business with the 5th generation of the family running the business today.

We are proud to be members of the Garden Centre Association and our promise is simple - purchase any hardy plant from our outdoor plant area and if, after having followed the plant's care instructions, it fails to grow and thrive, return it to us with your original label and receipt within 5 years and we will be pleased to offer a credit note or exchange it with a plant of equivalent value.

Learn more about Ruxley Manor, our services and commitment to the environment below.

H. Evans and sons preparing a delivery c.1975

Services at Ruxley Manor

To find out more about visiting Ruxley Manor or if you have any suggestions on how we can improve on our accessibility please call us on 020 8300 0084 or use our contact form.

We have a dedicated Plant Information Desk in our Outdoor Plant Department with expert staff ready to answer any queries you may have and advise you on the best options for whatever garden project you may have.
Pop in store or call us on 020 8300 0084 with any queries and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.

Ruxley Manor offers a free carry to car service to all our customers, so there's no need to worry if you're planning on making a large heavy purchase! Simply ask any of our friendly staff for assistance and they will be happy to transfer the items to your vehicle for you.

Ruxley Manor offers a friendly and professional home delivery service that covers the local delivery area and extends into surrounding regions. Charges are based on postal code zones, with free delivery offered to local* customers spending over £600.
*Please contact our Delivery team via 020 8300 0084 for further details.

We are proud to be members of the Garden Centre Association and our promise is simple - purchase any hardy plant from our plant area and if, after having followed the plant's care instructions, it fails to grow and thrive, return it to us with your original label and receipt within 5 years and we will be pleased to offer a credit note or exchange it with a plant of equivalent value.

We make sure that our site is accessible for all, with 20 Disabled parking bays, step free access throughout, disabled toilets in 2 locations on site and wheelchairs and electric scooters available from Customer Services. Once a month Mobiloo Accessible Toilet with hoist and adult changing table is available for customers to use. Also available for customer use are baby changing facilities.
To find out more about visiting Ruxley Manor or if you have any suggestions on how we can improve on our accessibility please call us on 020 8300 0084 or use our contact form.

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The History of Ruxley Manor

1876-1928

1876 - Henry Evans founded H.Evans & Sons Ltd in Lee Green, London.
1902 - Henry Evans’ son, Ernest, took the business over and moved to Longlands Nursery, Sidcup.
1928 - The business was then passed on to Ernest’s two sons, Cyril and Jack.

1960-1983

1960 - Cyril & Jack acquired Ruxley Manor Farm, moving from the main road in Sidcup and renamed the business Ruxley Manor Nursery.
1964 - Cyril’s son, Richard Evans started the Garden Centre by selling seeds through the post and his brother, John, ran the growing business.
1976 - The rubber tree was placed on the floor and forgotten about. However, the tree seeking water pushed its roots through the pot and through the gaps in the concrete and into the soil below. Since then it has flourished with the business and now acts as a constant reminder of our early beginnings.
1983 - The Coach House Restaurant was started by John Evans and run by a young Felice Mutti, who was to later become his business partner.

2002-2012

2002 - Andrew and James, Richard and John’s respective sons, joined the business as the 5th generation, taking over the running of the business a few years later.
2009 - A large fire burnt down all of the garden centre’s warehousing, thankfully the retail area was saved. However, this signified the start of the redevelopment of the business.
2011 - Grace’s Day Nursery opened, in the manor house that Andrew and James’ grandparents lived in and was named in memory of their late grandmother.
2012 - The Mulberry Tree Restaurant opened.

2013-2019

2013 - The Food Hall opened and James’ sister, Samantha joined the business as a Leisure Buyer.
2014 - Andrew’s sister, Jo, joined the business as Catering Manager for the Mulberry Tree Restaurant.
2016 - Our lifestyle department was completely refurbished from the floor to the roof. This marked the beginning of refurbishments throughout the store.
2018 - Our Outdoor Furniture department, The Mulberry Tree Restaurant and Food Hall department underwent refurbishments. The Food Hall refurbishments saw the welcoming of the Butchers of Brogdale to our store and Sidcup.
Graces Day Nursery and Pre-School also saw the opening of a new site in Perry Hill, Catford.
2019 - The Outdoor Plants department was expanded following the christmas period and Grace's Day Nursery and Pre-School is also planned for an expansion in the coming year.

CHOSEN CHARITIES

 

 Every year our team chooses two charities in which we fundraise for throughout the year. Through the years we have managed to fundraise in many ways, in 2014 we undertook the 3 Peak Challenge and in 2018 when we opened the store after hours for our Christmas shopping night. In total, our business has raised thousands for our charities in the past. This year our current charities are Second Chance Animal Rescue and Mind in Bexley.

 

SECOND CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE 

Second Chance are a dedicated team based in Crockenhill. Their aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals who are ill-treated, abandoned animals or in need of a new home.

MIND IN BEXLEY 

Mind in Bexley is an independent, user-focused charity providing quality outcome-based services to make a positive difference to the Mental Health of the people of Bexley.