The new owners of Paddock Farm Water Gardens in Dalton-on-Tees near Darlington,Co Durham, are Mark and Janet Binney. They have taken over the water garden business and are planning work on the tropical aquarium to attract more customers. They are also in charge of M and J Horticulture, a commercial nursery 250m away from Paddock Farm. The workforce of 12 staff at the centre will be retained by the new owners.
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