In this paper, we determine all faithful, symmetric and locally finite actions of a group on the tree of valency five. As a corollary we complete the classification of the isomorphism types of vertex and edge stabilisers in a group acting symmetrically on a graph of valency five. This builds on work of Weiss and recent work of Feng, Zhou and Feng, Guo. Our approach is to classify the isomorphism types of finite, faithful amalgams of degree (5, 2). © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.