WINNERS of the annual Maldon District Conservation and Design Awards have been announced...with a new one-off category.

The winners of the 38th awards ceremony include the rescue of an Elizabethan mansion, the refurbishment of a Georgian cottage and the management of a conservation-focused farm.

Judges also chose to invent a one-off category this year – a ‘commendation for artistic craftsmanship’ – to ensure a "stunning" new stained glass window at St Peter’s Church in Wickham Bishops received the accolade it deserves.

A total of six projects received awards at a presentation ceremony held earlier this month.

The building conservation winner was Creeksea Place in Burnham and 3 Black Lion Cottages in Althorne was awarded 'building conservation highly commended'.

Goose House in Woodham Mortimer was the Design Winner while Maldon's St Mary's Church won 'design highly commended'.

Lauriston Community Farm in Goldhanger was crowned the nature conservation winner.

Richard Siddall, chair of the judging panel and leader designate of Maldon District Council, said: "Maldon’s Conservation and Design Awards are a wonderful way of celebrating outstanding local projects.

"This year’s award-winning schemes display the power of our unique natural and built environment to inspire high quality work

"Taking part in the awards and going out to see the nominations, has reminded me that Maldon is a fantastic district and how lucky we are to call it our home.”