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PUBLISHED: 15:01 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

RECYCLED superheroes are to be displayed at a shopping centre in a bid to raise green awareness. The Glades in Bromley will display 25

RECYCLED superheroes are to be displayed at a shopping centre in a bid to raise green awareness.

The Glades in Bromley will display 25 superhero models created by schoolchildren from Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley from next Monday.

Pupils designed their life-sized models as part of a competition called Eco Hero Challenge using packaging, coat hangers and plastic bags. Shoppers can vote for their favourite until January 31.

Those with the most votes will be shortlisted and a panel of judges will decide the overall winner.

Children from the winning school will be invited to attend a gala dinner awards ceremony at the five-star Wyndham Grand Hotel, Chelsea Harbour, on February 24, where the top eight scoring models will also be displayed and admired by over 400 guests.

The Eco Hero Challenge, launched during the Glades' Bromley Goes Green event in June last year, aims to increase environmental awareness among primary school children in South London.

Maria Cooper, marketing manager at the Glades, said: "Schools from all four boroughs have submitted entries and we've had a sneak preview of most of them - they look absolutely fantastic and it's going to be a really exciting exhibition."

Alison Gladstone, Year 4 teacher at participating school St George's Primary in Bickley, said: "The children absolutely loved making the model and worked really well together to think of ideas and materials."

Pupils from Downderry Primary School in Downham produced a giant mammoth using plastic bags and chicken wire.

Nine-year-old pupil, Ellie Suffling said: "The mammoth died out because of a natural change in climate but now humans are contributing to an unnatural change in climate by using too many plastic bags.

"Our 'baggy' mammoth is standing on an iceberg, also made from plastic bags, that is too small for it, to symbolise how icy habitats are diminishing because of global warming."

Year 2 pupils from Warren Road Primary School in Orpington created a unicorn sculpture entitled Rainbow under the direction of class teacher, Jessica Evans.

Miss Evans said: "The model has been constructed from household waste collected by the children which allowed the children to involve their whole family in the project. The kids were really enthusiastic."

Other schools taking part include Ashmead Primary in Deptford, Belmont Primary in Bexley, Days Lane Primary in Bexley, Discovery Primary in Thamesmead, Forster Park School in Hither Green, Greenacres Primary in Mottingham, Kelvin Grove Primary in Sydenham, Kidbrooke Park Primary in Kidbrooke, Rockliffe Manor Primary in Plumstead, Raglan Primary in Bromley, John Ball Primary in Blackheath.

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