The Wong clan from So Lo Pun in the northern New Territories is looking for answers. Plots of private farmland and ruined houses in their deserted village have fallen within a country park without their knowledge. The indigenous villagers discovered the change recently when they studied an interim zoning plan imposed by the Town Planning Board two months ago to control development on the site of the village - and to protect Plover Cove Country Park. They now urge the government to clarify the village and country park boundary as quickly as possible to prevent confusion, as they are preparing to launch a fresh attempt to clean up the village, which is almost lost to regrowth of the bush. But officials have hinted the lost village territory might have been included in Plover Cove Country Park when it was first designated in 1978. The Planning Department said the interim zoning only covered areas outside the park. Without confirming whether village land had been taken away, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the park's boundary was approved by the then governor-in-council and complied with the law. Villagers said the land in question included a plot at the entrance to the village, a ruined house near a bulwark, an orchard overgrown by a forest and large pieces of farmland at the village's southern end. The exact sizes are yet to be determined. The villagers are also disappointed that the disputed land was excluded in the draft development permission plan, covering a size of 27.7 hectares, for So Lo Pun published by the Town Planning Board in September. The plan is an attempt by the government to address planning loopholes on sites known as country park enclaves - private land within or bordering country parks - following a public outcry over a private development at scenic Tai Long Sai Wan. Since So Lo Pun is enveloped by Plover Cove Country Park, the land area excluded from the zoning plan naturally falls within the boundary of the park. Senior village elder Wong Fu, who heads the So Lo Pun committee in charge of restoring the village, was born in the village but migrated to Britain. He wants to restore the village, which once had hundreds of residents, so clan members can return and live together. But his plan has run into opposition from conservationists, who have protested against removal of vegetation, diversion of a stream and destruction of mangrove swamps. Wong was taken to court for illegally excavating government land in 2008, but the prosecutor subsequently decided not to pursue the case. Wong said he was now ready to take steps to 'clean up' the village. He insisted not a single piece of village had been made part of the Plover Cove Country Park in 1978. 'I have never heard anything about it and I have no recollection of it,' the retired businessman, who is in his eighties, said. Under the Country Parks Ordinance enacted in 1976, the government does not have to pay compensation for any land designated as country park, unless the land lease gives the landowner development rights. Wong accused government surveyors of getting the village boundary wrong and said names and places on the official map were inconsistent with villagers' childhood memories. 'The farmland near the village's entrance is the place where my mother always asked me to unload bags of rice. But it is ridiculous for them to say the land is [part of] a country park.' Wong said the bulwark, or defensive wall, the government claimed belonged to the country park was built by village ancestors who settled So Lo Pun in the late Ming dynasty. '[The government] say the bulwark is government land, and I ask them what government they refer to. Is it the Ming or Qing dynasty? Is it nationalist or colonial or Chinese?' Wong said on a visit to the site with planning officers last Thursday. He had helped rebuild the bulwark in 1936 after a storm destroyed it. 'What we need now is for the government to tell us what can and can't be done on the site,' he said. He did not favour large-scale development. Pleading for public understanding, he said: 'We are here to protect the village, not destroy it.'