TIDY Towns judge Moira Ryan spent two days visiting Gloucester and surrounds last week.
The shire is in the running for nine awards with Ms Ryan visiting Stratford Public School, Drifta Kitchens and the local landfill site during her travels.
Ms Ryan also spent time examining weed clearing work done by the local RiverCare group on the banks of the Gloucester River and visited a property on Barrington East Rd to hear from landowner James McRae about the Barrington Irrigators sustainable water management practices.
She met with the deputy mayor and council general manager Danny Green as well as members of the Gloucester Historical Society and youngster Ryan Yates, who is in the running for the Young Legends Award.
Ms Ryan was given a sneak peek at the Yarning Our Country knitted landscape exhibition which has been nominated for the Community Actions and Partnerships Award.
Gloucester is again in the running for the overall Tidy Towns title.
The award winners will be announced at a weekend function in Nundle from November 7 to 9.