Michael Astor has developed his farming estate since the 1980s into a diverse rural business, including property lettings, 15,000 sq. ft. of business units, a thoroughbred stable yard, woodland management, 1,200 acres of heavy land arable farming, and a pedigree heard of beef shorthorn cattle, alongside a consideration for sustainability and environmental enhancement for wildlife. In the 1980s Astor became involved in the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust, then called CAMBIENT, to try and bridge the gap between conservationists and farmers. He has been involved in various conservation organisations, and since 2004 has chaired the West Cambridge Hundreds group, which combines farmers, landowners, managers and conservation bodies to oversee 20,000 hectares to connect the wildlife hot spots on a landscape level. Astor is an electronics engineer, and has had experience in agricultural engineering research, as well as agricultural education. He is now semi-retired from thirty years working in financial services.