Robert has lived most of his life on the Mornington Peninsula, so has acquired much knowledge of the area and how plants and vegetation thrive. Robert began an apprenticeship as a greenskeeper at Woodlands Golf Club in Mordialloc. As he was living at home in Mt Eliza at the time, he decided to stay through the week at his Grandmother's living by the bay in Mordialloc, and then ride his bicycle to work. Getting up in the early hours to start was never a negative for him as he loved his job. After finishing the apprenticeship with a qualification in turf management, Robert was appointed assistant curator at Woodlands Golf Club at age 21. During this period he had additional study in recreational turf management at Burnley, which he passed with credit. Through referred learning Robert also gained his qualification in landscape gardening, along with a diploma in horticulture. Robert then started his own landscaping business in 1984, and so through to current day.